Jan, 26th 2021 – Deputy Governor Anne Kananu is set to chair her first executive committee meeting today. The meeting will be the first in more than a year since former Governor Mike Sonko held the last one in 2019 before he was barred from accessing his City Hall office by the courts.
The meeting comes just over a week after assembly Speaker Benson Mutura handed over the reins to Kananu, ending his short stint as acting governor.
In an interview, Kananu said that she was meeting with CECs but failed to disclose the agenda of the meeting. She said, “We have been working and I can actually confirm to you that I have been in office twice since I took over. On Tuesday (today) I will have a meeting with the cabinet.”
Sources say Today’s meeting will be attended by NMS Director-General Mohamed Bad and Speaker Mutura.
Kananu was sworn in on January 15 and assumed her role as acting governor last week after County Assembly speaker Benson Mutura resigned from his duties in the same position.
She also added that plans to swear her in as the governor of Nairobi were still on course despite the existing case in court filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to stop the exercise. “We are confident that we will be successful in court,” she said.
Through lawyer Joseph Kiarie, Kananu wrote an application urging the court to vacate its decision to sto[p her from being sworn in. She argues that the orders by LSK were unjust.
She said, “The LSK ought to have sought the said orders against the Assumption of Office of the Governor Committee as established under Section 5 of The Assumption of Office of the Governor Act, 2019, and the Judiciary since they are the only statutory bodies with mandate and capacity to swear in the applicant.”